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Sugar Grove Township 


A store was established at the point now known as Kennard Station, in 1854, by Pennock & McCardney. The Atlantic and Great Western Railroad, passed through the place in the fail of 1862.

In 1867, the United Brethren Society erected a church, and, in 1868, the Methodists built a small chapel near by. The first preacher, in the former denomination, was Rev. Silas Casteline; the first in the latter, Rev. J. W. Blasdell. The congregations are both small. On March 10th, 1864, William C. Keene, was commissioned the first postmaster at the station, and still retains the office. The Patrons of Husbandry established a Grange in Kennard, in 1875, which is in a prosperous condition. The station derived its name from a contractor in the building of the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad.  

History of Mercer County, 1877, page 83



Postcard circa 1910

Kennard hosts the first industry in Sugar Grove Twp.

The first enterprise of an industrial nature [in Sugar Grove Township] was a saw-mill, built in 1808 by Jacob Hannell, to which millstones were afterward attached and a grist-mill started. The location of this establishment was alongside of a little run near Kennard. Hannell was succeeded in the ownership by Philip Berrier. The business was a profitable one, as no competitor was within easy access. A fire, in which two of Hannell s sons perished, destroyed a portion of the structure.

History of Mercer County, 1888, page 603



located in Sugar Grove Township

Also known as Kennard Station

Landowners in and 

around Kennard in 1873


William F. McAdoo

R. R. Roberts

E. Beck

C. H. Barbour

John Dumars

Donald Lewis

L. Rhodes

View landowners map of Kennard from the Combined 1873 Atlas
Kennard is a station on the Erie Railroad. The first store in it was opened in 1854 by Pennock & McCardney.

William C. Keene was the first postmaster at Kennard, 1864.  He was followed by Abram H. Curtis in 1886 - History of Mercer County 1888

If you're looking for your ancestors in Kennard, try the 1850 Census for Salem Twp and the 1870 Census for Sugar Grove Township

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